Apparently, there's a student club for just about everybody.
In October when the days grow shorter, the nights get colder, and the calendar moves closer to Halloween, it’s hard not to occasionally let your thoughts wander off to the bizarre.
On the other hand, some folks are just plain weird all year long, and college seems to bring it out. On their own for the first time, able to set their own rules and pursue their own interests, many students find that what was once “weird” turns out to be pretty normal, especially when they find others like themselves to hang out with.
Don’t believe us? Check out these wacky college clubs before you call us crazy!
London School of Economics Hummous Society | London School of Economics, London, England
These students really, really dig hummous (often spelled “hummus,” in the US), a Middle-Eastern dip usually made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and assorted spices. In fact, as their Facebook page declares, they believe it to be their mission “to bring Hummous to the lives of others!” As dedicated hummous fans ourselves, we believe it’s a noble calling and wish them all the best with their quest.
University of Michigan Squirrel Club | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
It’s hard to argue with a philosophy of life summed up as succinctly as this one featured in a recent post on the University of Michigan Squirrel Club site: “Wondering about the three steps to a happier life?” they ask, “First, obtain peanut. Second, waggle peanut. Third, observe squirrel snatch said peanut like a mother saving her newborn baby from a dingo. Summary: Autumn plus squirrels equals unmitigated bliss.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Kalamazoo College Childish Games Commission | Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Are you in touch with your inner child? Are you a fan of “tomfoolery and mischief?” Do you yearn to allow “joyful immaturity to thrive?” If so, then you’re a perfect candidate to join the Kalamazoo College Childish Games Commission and join in the fun with the other “tree climbing hooligans,” as they describe themselves as they throw themselves into scavenger hunts, play a few rounds of zombie tag, and even chase after the Golden Snitch during their on-campus Quidditch Tournament.
Cardiff University Custard Wrestling Society | Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales
Billing themselves as “an elite group of custard loving wrestlers with sporting prowess,” the Cardiff University Custard Wrestling Society lives (and hopefully doesn’t die) by the motto “Don’t get flustered, just throw CUSTARD.” Um…yeah.
Unfortunately, the Custard Wrestling Society seems to be an elusive bunch and no longer appears on the Cardiff University list of clubs and societies, but we’re hoping that perhaps they got absorbed into one of the Martial Arts clubs. If not and they’re gone, we’d suggest a reboot at your college or university. As soon as possible!
Dignified Educated United Crust Eaters Society (DEUCES) | Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
We’re starting to wonder about Kalamazoo, Michigan. But then again, any city that can give birth to both a club dedicated to childish games and another focused on stopping “the discrimination of crust” can’t be all bad.
Apparently begun after a heated argument about “the best part of the pizza” that lasted reportedly for “days,” DUECES is now an official-sanctioned student organization at Western Michigan University and a place where crust-eaters can gather without fear of ridicule from those who disdain pizza crust. “Crusties” finally have a club of their own…and the world is better for it, we say.
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